Friday, October 21, 2016

zSpace Technology Brings Virtual Reality to the Classroom

On Thursday a long powder-blue truck pulled into the parking lot in front of the Pickel Field House while students looked on with curiosity. The most curious of faculty and students entered in to explore a world of new possibilities. Virtual reality had come to Vol State.

What zSpace has to offer is virtual reality for the classroom. Dissections are made easier and less messy, streamlined and individualized for the school. What’s different about this reality is that hefty headsets are not required. Students simply don a pair of specialized glasses and watch the screen come to life. Manipulate objects and even pull them out to inspect them in 3D.

Watch as a heart is selected and “held” in hand.

While zSpace isn’t available at Vol State yet, it’s exciting to think about the possibilities for the classroom of tomorrow.

Gaynell Buffinet Payne is a writer, single mother, and student at Volunteer State Community College. She also blogs for Vol State's Returning Adult Learners

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